The Sons of the Pioneers 1949 From Top: Hugh Farr, Ken "Festus" Curtis, Bob Nolan, Lloyd Perryman, Shug Fisher, Karl Farr.
The Sons of the Pioneers is an American cowboy singing group founded in 1933 by Leonard Slye (better known by his later screen name, Roy Rogers), with Tim Spencer and Bob Nolan. They were joined by Hugh Farr (fiddle/bass vocals) in 1934, Karl Farr (guitar) in 1935, and Lloyd Perryman (vocals) in 1936.
When Rogers began his film career, the group took on Pat Brady (string bass), who brought with him his flair for comedy (Brady later starred as Rogers' sidekick in his popular 1951 television program). The group remained popular into the 1960s. In 2003, the Sons of the Pioneers was among the winners of the Golden Boot Award, along with actors Chris Alcaide, Kelo Henderson, Tommy Lee Jones, and Kris Kristofferson.
Though all of the original members are deceased, the group continues. Group "trail boss," Dale Warren (a member since 1952, replacing Ken Curtis), died in August of 2008, ending a 56-year stint with the group. The group still performs regularly at concerts in Branson, Missouri and other locations, as of 2010, led by current "trail boss" Luther Nallie (who joined 42 years ago). Current members are Luther Nallie, Gary LeMaster, Ken Lattimore, Randy Rudd, Ricky Boen and Mark Abbott.
SONS OF THE PIONEERS 25 Favorite Cowboy Songs (1956)
1. Tumbling Tumbleweeds 2. Press Along To The Big Corral 3. Wind 4. Bunkhouse Bugle Boy 5. Home On The Range 6. La Borachita 7. Timber Trail 8. Happy Cowboy 9. Cowboy Lament 10. Pajarillo Barrenquero 11. So Long To The Red River Valley 12. Come And Get It 13. Cool Water 14. Curly Joe From Idaho 15. Cowboy's Dream 16. Along The Santa Fe Trail 17. The Last Round-up 18. Farr Away Stomp 19. Red River Valley 20. Carry Me Back To The Lone Prairie 21. Sweet Betsy From Pike 22. Slow Moving Cattle 23. Texas Stomp 24. Yellow Rose Of Texas 25. The Everlasting Hills Of Oklahoma
bonus track "THE CASTRATION OF STRAWBERRY ROAN" by The Sons of the Pioneers
this song is probably NSFW...or gramma or grampa or little kids or anybody else for that reason. this song is a balls-out rendition of a song called "The Castration Of Strawberry Roan", about some poor goddamn horse...damn, yo.... one of the most coarse horse songs i ever did hear..."Cool Clear, Water" it ain't... you won't find THIS song on any GREATEST HITS compilations...
The Castration of the Strawberry Roan...
I was layin' round town in a house of ill fame, Laid up with a rough, tough hustlin' dame, When a hop-headed pimp with his nose full of coke Beat me outta that woman and left me stone broke.
When up steps a feller and he says, "Say, my lad, You any damn good ridin' horses that's bad?" I says, "You damn right! That's one thing I can do. I'm a second-rate pimp, but a good buckaroo.
"Bring on your bad horses' cause I never saw one That had me a guessin' or bothered me none." He said. "Guess again, there's one horse that I own, You might have heard of him, the Strawberry Roan."
I says, "I guess we've all heard of that ball bearin' stud, He's got epizootic, the glanders, and crud, He's the worst fuckin' outlaw that ever been foaled, He hadn't been rode and he's twenty years old."
cho: Oh! the Strawherry Roan, how many colts has he thrown? He's got gonorrhea, the cankers, and syph, He's strictured with clap but his cock is still stiff Oh! that renegade Strawberry Roan.
The upshot of it was that I found myself hired To snap out some colts that that breed stud had sired; They was knot-headed cayuses just like their dad Most of 'em roan, and all of 'em bad.
From mornin' till night how those bastards did fight, Till my ass drug my tracks out way before night, With my balls in my boots and my mouth full of shit, I's plum tuckered out and all ready to quit.
When up steps the boss and he says, "That's enough, Them strawberry roan colts is just too damn tough; I'm plum sick and tired seein' you take them falls, Rope that man-killin' stud and we'll carve out his balls."
cho: Oh! the Strawberry Roan, we went out to unbend his bone I built a big loop and went in the corral, Roped his front feet, and he farted and fell, And we flattened ol' Strawberry Roan.
The boss held his head, and I hog tied his legs, Got out my jackknife and went for his eggs: When I carved on his bag, he let out a squall, And squealed like a pig when I whittled one ball.
But all I could locate was one of his nuts, The other was hidden somewhere in his guts, So I rolled up my sleeves and all over blood I fished for the seed in the guts of that stud.
I thought I had found it, I felt something pass, But it was only a turd on the way to his ass; Just then I heard one of them blood-curdlin' squalls, And I looked and the roan had the boss by the balls.
I tromped on his head, but it wasn't no use, He was just like a bulldog, he wouldn't turn loose; So I untied his legs, and he got to his feet, But the boss's voice changed, and I knew we was beat.
cho: Oh! the Strawberry Roan, I advise you to leave him alone He's a knot-headed cayuse with only one ball, And the boss he's a eunuch with no balls at all, Lay off of the Strawberry Roan.